Michael Roque Collins is an artist recognized for producing some of the most profoundly affecting figurative Post Symbolist paintings seen today in Contemporary art.
He was born in Houston, Texas, in 1955 and maintains his primary studio in this Gulf Coast city, with wife, Gayle. His works are primarily represented by LewAllen Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, though he also maintains representation with Redbud Gallery in Houston, Virginia Miller Gallery in Miami, and La Galerie K in Paris, France.
His works have been favorably reviewed in a variety of international arts publications, such as Art News Magazine, Art In America, Art Lies, and Art World Magazine. Collins has had over 50 solo exhibitions at nationally and internationally recognized gallery and museum venues including LewAllen Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Gerald Peters Gallery in Dallas, Texas, Art Space/Virginia Miller Galleries in Miami, Florida, Redbud Gallery in Houston, Texas, La Galerie K in Paris, France, and spaces in Santiago, Cuba, Berlin and Leipzig, Germany. His works may be seen in 13 museums in the U.S., including The Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas, Bass Museum in Miami, Florida, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana, the El Paso Museum of Art in San Antonio, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, as well numerous corporate collections.
His art has been curated in more than 250 group exhibitions in the U.S., Cuba, Peru, Germany, China, Mexico, France, Denmark, Greece, India, and Turkey. His paintings have received more than 50 juried awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts-Middle American Arts Alliance grant for excellence in painting and works on paper, as well as three Cultural Arts Council of Houston grant awards for excellence in painting. Collins has held many university teaching positions and is currently the Senior Director of the Visual Arts Department, at Houston Baptist University, where he is also Artist-in-Residence in Painting, Professor of Art and focuses on teaching in the MFA program.
From Ruins To Resurrection/Sacred Landscapes of Michael Roque Collins, a hardbound publication of his work published in 2009 by Halcyon Press, features essays by Ken Marvel, owner/director of LewAllen Galleries; Jim Edwards, a distinguished curator and expert of the art of the American West; and Edward Lucie-Smith, an internationally renowned art writer in England and author of more than 100 canonical texts covering the themes found in contemporary art.